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Dust Be My Destiny (1939)


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Instance
Theme name: Underscoring (Dramatic)
Start time: 0:38:00
End time: 0:38:38
Total duration: 0:00:38
Page #: 83
Measure #: 44
Scene: Reel 5 Part 2
Key: e -g - e - Bb
Meter: 2/2
Tempo (bpm): 92
Instrumentation: strings
Solo Instrument: cello



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Description
Description: Dramatic underscoring as the lovers argue, beginning with solo cello; tremolos create tension, followed by more dissonance
On-screen: Joe and Mabel argue
Music annotations: [m. 44] a tempo / mp; [m. 45] accel; [m. 48] meno; [m. 50] listesso / risoluto / sfz - p / f / mf / accel; [m. 51] molto agitato / f / cresc; [m. 53] slower / molto rit / mf; [m. 54] listesso; [m. 55] (dramatic); [m. 56] con moto / in two / heartbreak starts!; [m. 58] mf / arpeggio etc; [m. 59] arpegg; [m. 60] molto rit / sfz
Film annotations: [m. 44] Sometimes people make mistakes; [m. 45] I didn't say that-; [m. 48] It's getting so I can't say a word; [m. 50] Well, then don't say anything; [m. 53] Joe, if this what's going to happen / I'm going to leave you!; [m. 54] I was waiting for that; [m. 55] and short of heart; [m. 58] Joe, be reasonable
Orchestration annotations: [m. 44] str tremolo / celli; [m. 50] 1st harp / horns + celli soli; [m. 52] horns + celli continued; [m. 53] basses piano etc; [m. 55] horns violas / harp; [m. 57] div; [m. 58] arpegg; [m. 59] arpegg; [m. 60] harp / horns??
Analysis: Various chromatic gestures harmonized with half-diminished and dominant-flat9 sonorities
Tags

9th chord | arguing | conflict | dissonant bass | dramatic | leading lady | leading man | runaway | street | underscoring

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